AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Hurricane

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Hurricane home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.

  2. Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. To learn about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    The outside fan is responsible for transferring the heat from your Hurricane home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

    This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most effective way for a Hurricane area homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!